On Saturday, Twitter owner Elon Musk decided to reactivate the accounts he had suspended on Friday because they shared the movements of his private jet. Musk made this decision after submitting a survey to his followers, in which he asked them whether to reactivate their accounts immediately or in seven days: the first option obtained the majority of votes.
The people have spoken.
Accounts who doxxed my location will have their suspension lifted now. https://t.co/MFdXbEQFCe
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 17, 2022
On Friday, Musk suspended the accounts of several journalists and that of Mastodon, the decentralized social platform that offers itself as an alternative to Twitter. At least half of the suspended accounts had recently published tweets or links referring to @ElonJet’s Mastodon profile, the account that reported automatically and in real time the flights made by Elon Musk’s private jet, taking the data from a legal site and in the public domain that follows the path of the planes. Many had criticized the decision to suspend those accounts, considering it a further deviation by Musk from his repeated promises to expand freedom of speech on the platform and censor content as little as possible.